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How to Conduct Internal Investigations: A Crash Course for Education Professionals (EDUN63N)

Presented by: Natalie Ivey, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
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  •  Wed, November 2, 2016
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Understand the Structure and Process of Conducting an Internal Investigation While Minimizing the Risks of Violating Federal, State and Local Laws

Ask any professional who works in an education setting and they'll tell you "it's tough" to manage employees, provide education to students--and deal with parents who don't want to admit their child. And, it can be extremely difficult to navigate organizational politics, on top of the already challenging day-to-day environment. However, things get far more complicated when formal complaints are lodged and allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or negligence are made.

Internal investigations must be launched quickly, and by individuals who can be objective and who possess the skill level to gather evidence and make determinations based on facts. Unfortunately, many professionals in education, especially HR professionals, have little experience or training in conducting investigations. However, all it takes is reading the news headlines mentioned below to recognize why it's so important for professionals in education to have at least a basic understanding of how to conduct an investigation:

  • Grad Student Files $20 Million Lawsuit Claiming Sexual Harassment By Professor
  • Top high school basketball coach accused of bullying, racism
  • Private School is Grossly Negligent in Handling Student-Teacher Relationship
  • Arizona Schoolteacher Sues School District Claiming Religious Discrimination
  • Family files racial discrimination lawsuit against school district
  • Philadelphia School District Sued for Religious Discrimination
  • EEOC Sues University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc. For Disability Discrimination

Based on these kinds of serious issues, the spontaneous and sporadic investigative approach of just grabbing a notepad and then hearing from one and then another witness and so forth--is most definitely not the way to conduct an investigation. Such an investigative approach, which displays a lack of knowledge on how to handle complaints and conduct investigations, will put the educational institution at a much greater risk of violating federal, state, and even local laws. To minimize these risks, and the costs associated with mishandling a student or employee's allegations, it's essential to have a basic understanding of what an investigation is—and how to conduct one.

This investigative basics program by expert speaker Natalie Ivey for education professionals is a must-attend session that will provide a very basic overview of the investigative process, from gathering a statement of complaint to gathering evidence and preparing a report. This is not a program that should be a replacement for more in-depth training; however, it is a great place to start in the structure and process of investigations.

Session Highlights

  • Identify the most common types of internal investigations conducted in education setting
  • Learn how to ask the right questions when handling employee complaints to identify if an investigation is even necessary
  • Learn how to obtain and document a statement of complaint
  • Understand legal obligations that require employers to conduct internal investigations
  • Learn how and why you must try to gather the "trifecta" of evidence
  • Learn some very basic principles in preparing for witness interviews
  • Learn how to establish a chain of custody and a confidential retention process
  • Know how to analyze physical, documentary, and testimonial evidence to identify policies and/or laws that have been violated
  • Learn a simple report format for documenting investigative findings

Who should attend

  • Administrators of elementary, secondary, and post-secondary educational institutions
  • Risk management officers for educational institutions
  • EEOC officers and educational institution compliance managers
  • State and local investigators relative to sexual harassment/discrimination issues
  • Attorneys representing educational institutions or individuals relative to claims under Title IX
  • Any educational administrator who supervises and trains employees
  • Agency investigators
  • Agency decision makers who may rely on educational institution investigative reports
  • Human rights officers/ HR Professionals
  • HR managers
  • Security Officers
About Our Speaker(s)

Natalie Ivey | Professional Development Training SpeakerNatalie Ivey MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Natalie Ivey, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is an HR consultant, professional speaker, author, and educator within the HR profession. She has more than two decades of leadership and HR management experience with Fortune 500 organizations and in working as a trusted advisor and consultant to business leaders both in the United St... More info

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    Event Title: How to Conduct Internal Investigations: A Crash Course for Education Professionals
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